How to Find Great Accommodation in the Hunter Valley
Are you ready for a gorge fest of wine, chocolate, cheeses and cute-as-a-button cottages? Bursting with cellar doors and Insta-worthy views, the Hunter Valley deserves more of your time than just one swirl of the Shiraz. Naturally, you’ll want to join a wine tour to taste the region’s – and some of the world’s – top drops. However, there’s a lot more to do when you choose to book Hunter Valley accommodation and hang around for a long weekend or more.
Australia’s oldest wine region is an adventure lover’s paradise, with cycling trails, hot air ballooning, horse riding and bush walking to leap into. The cherry on top is a visible sense of history, from convict relics to Aboriginal heritage and colonial architecture. When you want to sink into bliss, serene spas offer soothing treatments and retail therapy includes quirky treasures, antiques and unique boutiques.
When the sun goes down, it’s not just the vineyards that light up with a golden glow. The Hunter Valley is a hub for performing arts, concerts and events across a year-round calendar of fun. And so, you might be wondering…
Should I take a Hunter Valley wine tour from Sydney or get accommodation in the Hunter Valley?
The great news is, both options are totally possible and guarantee a fantastic time for winos, craft beer fans and gourmands alike. So, it’s all about choosing the best option for you, depending on what fits into your schedule.
If you’ve only got one day free to escape to wine country from Sydney, the drive is around two and a half hours. We’ll pick you up for your Hunter Valley wine tour from the CBD, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Wynyard, North Sydney, Chatswood, Gordon and more. Then, all you need to do is kick back in one of our luxury minibuses and dream about tantalising your taste buds.
Our tours from Sydney shine a spotlight on more than just the famous wine too! Tell us what you love or what you’re celebrating and we’ll design a private itinerary just for you, to make the most of the day. Your mouth-watering options include savouring local craft beers, tucking into creamy goat’s cheese, sipping liqueurs and relishing delicious chocolates. Along the way, our local guides give you the lowdown on the region with a huge dose of fun.
Now, if you’ve got a weekend or more to spare, we definitely recommend booking accommodation in the Hunter Valley. This way, you can add in a whole lot more adventure to the trip or simply spend time soaking up the vineyard views and fresh country air. Go on, you deserve it!
Where to stay in the Hunter Valley
First up, let’s take a look at the different suburbs in the Hunter Valley, so you can choose where to bunk down for a night or five. Whether you want to stay within a stone’s throw of attractions or get off the beaten path, there’s a stunning setting to suit you. And the good news is, whether you wish to stay in Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury, Cessnock, Broke, Maitland or Singleton we have you covered with wine tour options to pick you up from any of these Hunter Valley locations.
Pokolbin: Heritage, views and vineyards for days
Do you want to splash out on a hen’s weekend, a milestone birthday or a romantic getaway? Stay in the midst of natural beauty in Pokolbin, with vineyard restaurants, attractions and intriguing heritage at your fingertips. Your guided tour of vineyards here includes star-studded labels, like Tyrrell’s. In terms of distinguished Aussie wine companies, this one stems from 1858, spans five generations and is responsible for the irresistible Vat 1 Semillon.
Then, there’s Tulloch with 125 years of wine-making genius, and McGuigan Wines just happens to be right next door to the Hunter Valley Cheese Company. As if that’s not enough to tempt you to stay in the area, it’s the home of the Pokolbin Chocolate and Jam Company shop. There’s no limit (or judgement) on how often you pop in for creamy Belgian chocolate and decadent fudge.
When it’s time to make room for more gourmet delights, there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors. Hire a bike and cycle along leafy country roads. Meander through the Hunter Valley Gardens among waterfalls, statues, roses and nursery rhyme characters. If you fancy taking a swing, tee off at championship golf courses and gallop across country trails on a horseback riding tour.
Back to that tempting food though – Pokolbin boasts an array of tantalising restaurants, from the acclaimed contemporary cuisine at Muse Kitchen to Sabor Dessert Bar for macarons and moreish cheesecakes. If you’re thinking there’s just too much to do in Pokolbin for a weekend, you’re right! However, you’ll get a complete snapshot with our Hunter Valley tours.
In terms of accommodation, Pokolbin is the place to stay for luxurious spa resorts, homesteads, serene retreats and elegant country cottages. As it’s so central to attractions, accommodation prices tend to reflect the location. However, it’s certainly possible to find affordable rooms on Airbnb for budget breaks.
Lovedale: The heart of wine country
The romantic name alone is reason enough to choose Lovedale as your Hunter Valley base. In fact, foodies from near and far do, especially during May when the Lovedale Long Lunch brings festival fun to join the rolling vineyards. This chilled-out haven is decorated by kangaroo-filled pastures and winding country roads that lead to boutique cellar doors.
Among the stellar lineup here is Capercaillie Wines, set on a 20-year-old vineyard with a picturesque homestead completing the pretty picture. Wandin Valley offers a little slice of Tuscany and Allandale offers panoramic views to the Brokenback Mountain Ranges. It’s easy to fulfil that cheese fetish at Binnorie Dairy, offering soft cheeses to die for.
When you’re not enjoying the region on a tour, have a picnic in the vineyards, go for a round at the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club or explore the Molly Morgan Range. Settle in at trendy boutique hotels, sprawling cottages or five-star hotels surrounded by enchanting scenery.
Rothbury: Mountain ranges and concert seasons
The small town of Rothbury also rests on a backdrop of mountain ranges and vineyards dotted with award-winning cellar doors. Speaking of which, entertainment here is a treat with vineyard restaurants and Hope Estate Brewery delivers beer and concerts in a stunning outdoor amphitheatre.
This is the home of Lucy’s Run Wines, where it’s a must to try the delectable ‘Sweet Sophie’. Lillino’s, at St Clements Estate, serves up scrumptious Italian feasts and the Legends Grill and Bar boasts golf course views. As with Pokolbin and Lovedale, you’ll find vineyard retreats, luxury hotels and country cottages right in the heart of the region’s top attractions.
Cessnock: A taste of colonial history
To save your money for splurging on whatever you like, the outlying suburbs are the gateway to wine country and offer cheaper accommodation options. Tastes of the Hunter Wine Tours can pick you up from all of the following towns, so there’s no need to worry about missing out because you have to drive!
The colonial gem of Cessnock is only about a 20-minute drive from central Pokolbin. From girls’ weekends to family holidays, this is a base with plenty to do. Explore history on the heritage walk, pop into the Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre and check out the exhibits at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Cessnock is also home to the Hunter Valley Zoo and a fantastic collection of iconic country pubs. Here, you can choose from cottages for big groups to budget-friendly motels and rooms above classic pubs.
Broke: Boutique village vibes
For fine dining, boutique wineries and a tranquil atmosphere, stay in the beautiful village of Broke. The town is located in the foothills of the Broken Back Range and Yellow Rock sets the scene in the background. Quaint cafes and restaurants serve up farm gate products and local olive growers ensure plenty of fresh olive oil for your succulent salads.
Wineries that call Broke home include Margan Hunter Valley , with its hatted restaurant surrounded by a pretty orchard. If you’re here on the first Sunday of the month, pop into Broke Village Market for fresh produce to take back to your Airbnb and cook up a feast. Along with Airbnb’s for small or large groups, you’ll find free camping, luxury guesthouses and cosy B&Bs.
Singleton: Riverside charm
Resting on the banks of the Hunter River, Singleton brings outdoor adventure with boutiques, cafes and historic buildings to delve into. Lake St Clair is close by for warm summer days out on the water and the Singleton Heritage Walk introduces you to lovely restored colonial buildings. Get your camera ready for a shot of the Singleton Sundial, which just happens to be one of the largest in the world.
When hunger strikes, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for a bite accompanied by sweeping views. It’s only about a 30-minute drive to Pokolbin from here and Hunter Valley wine tours ensure you get out and about across the region. No matter what your budget is, you’ll find something for you among hotels, motels, caravan parks, country cottages and Airbnb houses.
Maitland: Arts, crafts and markets
To combine Hunter Valley wine tours with an artsy vibe, check out the great accommodation options in Maitland. You’ll find tranquil retreats, modern hotels, money-saving motels and cute B&Bs to rest up after a big day of exploring. Just stepping out on the streets highlights the region’s artistic soul with colourful murals, working art studios and revolving exhibitions at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
There’s also a large dose of history on display along the East Maitland Heritage Walk, including the Maitland Gaol. For foodies, Maitland’s dining scene is always on the rise with quirky cafes, friendly bars and gourmet festivals. As an extra bonus, it’s easy to pop over to the big UGG Boots and discover the iconic factory.
Newcastle: Beachside bliss with an edge
We’ll pick you up from your door in Newcastle for Hunter Valley tours and have you there in under an hour. Newcastle is the perfect spot to stay for a blend of beaches, culinary delights, chic shops and an innovative buzz. Spend your time strolling along the coast on Bathers Way, beach-hopping and swimming in art deco ocean baths as you go.
Tempt your taste buds for breakfast, lunch and dinner along the foreshore promenade or on trendy Darby Street. If you’re a history buff or culture vulture, visit Newcastle Museum, the Newcastle Art Gallery and the Fort Scratchley Historic Site. Then, hit Newcastle’s live performing arts scene at pubs, clubs and theatres. From hostels and five-star hotels in the CBD to Airbnb houses in historic suburbs, you’re spoilt for choice with accommodation.
Elderslie, Dalwood, Luskintyre: Off the beaten path and budget-friendly
Do you love remote country cottages, cooking for yourself and discovering rural towns that are off the tourist trail? Look at Hunter region Airbnb options in the small towns of Elderslie, Dalwood and Luskintyre, which is the home of the Luskintyre Airfield and Aviation Museum.
Airbnb Hacks: Finding the best Hunter Valley accommodation deals
While it’s fabulous to check into a spa resort or a funky hotel, holiday homes or units through Airbnb often tick more boxes. For example, a sprawling house with vineyard views might be perfect as an accommodation base for a hen’s party tour. Private rooms are super budget-friendly and cosy country cottages set the scene for romance.
A few easy tips are all your need to find the best Hunter Valley accommodation deals on Airbnb. First up, book as early as you can to score the most popular options and maybe even get a cheaper deal. When you’re choosing, pay close attention to the photos and the descriptions, to ensure you’ll have everything you need.
In terms of location, be careful to check exactly how far away restaurants and shops are, if you love to stay within walking distance of conveniences. It’s always a good idea to send a message to the owner and ask any questions you have before you book. Keep in mind that many Airbnb’s have a two-night minimum stay rule. However, if you only have one night it doesn’t hurt to ask, especially in off-seasons.
Your quick guide to Hunter Valley accommodation
Too busy to wade through endless accommodation options? We hear you! Here’s a quick guide to some of the top picks for every budget, so you can start packing your bags.
Spicers Vineyards Escape
When you want to splurge on the luxury benefits of fireplaces, spa baths, a swimming pool, bathrobes and rolling vineyards in the backyard, this five-star retreat has you covered. Onsite, you’ll find Spa Anise for indulgent massages and Restaurant Botanica for succulent seasonal dishes matched with wines. Room options include a four-bedroom house and lush spa suites.
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
You’re just steps from wineries, restaurants and shops at the Mercure Resort. Spend your downtime meandering through landscaped gardens, hit the tennis courts, swimming pool and sauna, and prepare yourself for all that feasting at the health club. Family rooms, suites, studios and spa rooms ensure there’s a suitable space for everyone.
Pokolbin is predominately dotted with fancy resorts, but this central option is easier on the budget. With motel-style and self-contained options, your tribe will fit in comfortably. Plus, there’s a swimming pool, a tennis court and BBQs for those all-important sunset gatherings.
Old Hillside Homestead, Airbnb
Live like a local at this gorgeous, 120-year-old cottage that sleeps up to eight people. You’ll be surrounded by all the attractions of Pokolbin, yet the wood fire, charming kitchen, wrap-around veranda and lovely valley views might just tempt you to stay in for a bit.
Val d’Argent Equestrian Centre
If you love all things equestrian, you’ll love the luxury accommodation at Val d’Argent. Rooms cater for parties of two up to groups of 10, and all the mod cons like Netflix, coffee machines, a state-of-the-art gym and an outdoor pool await.
Bracken Ridge Villas
This country estate is a working vineyard, so those spectacular views are on the doorstep, along with resident wildlife. Bracken Ridge Villas offers two-story, loft-style villas that are fully self-contained, with two bedrooms, private verandas and gardens.
Valley View Cottage, Airbnb
Save cash by self-catering and sharing the costs with your crew, without skimping on incredible country views and a central location at Valley View Cottage. Four bedrooms join a log fire, two patios and a garden hilltop gazebo for countryside sunsets.
Whether it’s a hen’s night, buck’s party or big birthday you’re celebrating, Tonic Hotel is a seriously cool, adults-only retreat. The hotel describes the decor as ‘opulent minimalism’ and Tonic Lounge sets the scene for a cocktail soiree or indulgent dinner. You’ll also enjoy a pool, a garden and rooms that cater for couples or groups.
You’ll wake up among olive groves and vineyards here, in self-contained lodges with three bedrooms, kitchens and gas log fires. The Hunter Valley Reflections Day Spa is just a hop, skip and a jump away, along with a swimming pool and Emerson’s Restaurant.
Olive Lane, Airbnb
This budget-friendly gem encompasses vineyard views and it’s within walking distance of restaurants. The private space, on the bottom level of a family home, sleeps four people and offers everything you need for self-catering on the edge of a lavender garden.
Hunter Valley Motel
The Hunter Valley Motel is a great choice for a budget break close to restaurants and cafes. Queen, twin and triple rooms accommodate groups of all sizes and you can unwind in an outdoor swimming pool.
Stay above the pub at Hotel Cessnock in renovated rooms for singles, couples or groups. The classic local watering hole serves up a range of beers and wine, along with heritage decor and cosy fireplaces.
Ellison House, Airbnb
You’ll fit the whole gang or family in this renovated cottage that sleeps six people. It’s just a two-minute walk to restaurants and shops in town. However, a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ lets you stay in and cook for yourself if you wish.
Singleton Rose Cottages
To be close to the conveniences of the CBD, but surrounded by wallabies bounding through bush land, Singleton Rose Cottages is a lovely choice. The two-bedroom cottages are fully self-contained, and open plan living and dining areas are great for entertainment.
If you choose to stay in Singleton, Quest offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments. It’s easy to settle in and get comfy with Foxtel, full kitchens, laundry facilities and an in-house gym. From here, it’s just a short stroll to Civic Park and the Hunter River.
Mid City Motor Inn
Located in the CBD, this budget-friendly motor inn is within walking distance of Town Square Shopping Centre. You can choose from motel rooms or two and three-bedroom apartments, and you’ll enjoy a swimming pool and Mama’s Kitchen restaurant.
Whether you can’t wait to splash out on a luxury weekend getaway or you’re seeking a budget escape, the Hunter region offers accommodation to suit you. No matter where you choose to stay, we’ll design a Hunter Valley tour to ensure you make the most of the region.
Don’t forget to pack a maxi dress and those stretchy pants for as many gourmet feasts as you can possibly fit in, along with your runners for gorgeous hikes in nature – and heels for those hatted restaurants and a dash of glamour! You deserve to take a break in one of Australia’s most spectacular regions and we can’t wait to show you around.